that we admire
Can you have a "crushes" on businesses? Because we do. This page is dedicated to other people and businesses in the travel industry that we think are doing things right. These aren't advertisements and no one is getting paid for you to click these links. We actually approached them and asked if we could feature them here.
Why? When you, the traveler, make a sustainable choice, the planet benefits from it.
That's our motivation. Enjoy!
This is something that we cannot wait to do! In their own words, they offer
"A ferry service by sailing ship. Sustainable? For sure. An adventure? You bet! That's Fair Ferry and its tall ships. Because we believe the journey should be every bit as memorable and enjoyable as the destination itself."
Cool, right? In 2020 they will have Rotterdam-London sailings as well as Stralsund-Malmö-Copenhagen. They also have a dream of offering Rotterdam-New York in the future. Sign us up, please!
(Coming from Great Britain to the Netherlands? If you arrive by sailing ship to NL for one of our tours, we'll give you a €100 discount per person!)
Sustainability is about more than the environment, it's about social responsibility too, though Rederij Lampedusa is also environmentally friendly. If you're planning an Amsterdam canal tour, skip the same old tour guide stories and take a trip with Lampedusa. Their boats are reclaimed refugee boats that have been converted to run on electric power and their crew, "with roots in Syria, Somalia, Eritrea, Egypt and the Netherlands" will show you the waterways of Amsterdam from immigrant and ousider perspectives. They also offer black heritage tours and twice monthly Friday afternoon cultural meet-up sailings.
You'll likely see this image in a few of our itineraries. Rederij Oosterschelde has two incredible, historic Dutch tall ships in their fleet. One of them, the Helena, is a favorite of ours for our trips which travel from Rotterdam to Dordrecht. Why take the train or the water bus when you can take a ship which is at the "top of Dutch cultural heritage," according to the Dutch Ministry of Culture? You can also take some very nice local sailing trips on Helena, which are listed on their website.
The other ship, the Oosterschelde can't usually be found in the Netherlands because she's out on ocean-going expeditions around the world... and you can join them! If you're looking for a sustainable, adventurous international sailing experience, you definitely need to take a look at Oosterschelde.